Join us for an Artist Talk with David Bowen in response to Winds, June 22, 2019

David Bowen Artist Talk
June 22, 2019
6:00- 7:00pm

We are pleased to welcome David Bowen, who will present an Artist Talk during the opening of Winds. David will speak on his practice, including the multi-component installation tel-present wind which is part of the Winds exhibition.

Tele-Present Wind
This installation consists of a series of 126 x/y tilting mechanical devices connected to thin dried plant stalks installed in a gallery and a dried plant stalk connected to an accelerometer installed outdoors. When the wind blows it causes the stalk outside to sway. The accelerometer detects this movement transmitting the motion to the grouping of devices in the gallery. Therefore the stalks in the gallery space move in real-time and in unison based on the movement of the wind outside.

David Bowen is currently Associate Professor of Sculpture and Physical Computing at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. Using intersections between natural and mechanical systems, David Bowen produces unique relationships within his sculpture and installation. With robotics, custom software, sensors, tele-presence and data, he constructs devices and situations that are set in motion to interface with the physical and virtual world. The devices he constructs often play both the roles of observer and creator, providing limited and mechanical perspectives of dynamic situations and living systems. These devices and situations create a dissonance that leads to an incalculable changeable situation resulting in unpredictable outcomes. The phenomenological outputs are collaborations between the natural form or function, the mechanism and the artist.

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